Geko Ypres Rally - 01-01/01/1970
Using farmland asphalt roads around the historic market town, the narrow stages are lined by drainage ditches and telegraph poles and popularised by tight junctions that catch out the unwary. The practice of corner ‘cutting’ to maximise speed through the twisty turns is commonplace and vital to success, but creates a slippery surface as mud and debris are dragged onto the road. Hidden obstacles can be a menace, particularly when the stages are run after dark. This year’s event gets three new tests, the first Qualifying Stage on asphalt in the ERC and the appearance of two new-generation R5 cars.